JAPAN AND PAPUA NEW GUINEA SIGN AGREEMENT ON MALARIA RESEARCH

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (April 20, 2001 - Papua New Guinea Post-Courier/PINA Nius Online)---Stepped-up Research into malaria, one of the nation’s major killer diseases, will begin next month following the signing of an agreement between the University of Papua New Guinea’s School of Medicine and the Japanese government.

UPNG School of Medicine Dean Dr. Mathias Sapuri, Vice-Chancellor Les Eascott, and the Japanese International Cooperation Agency resident representative Iwasaki Kaoru signed the three-year agreement for the Integrated Cooperative Research for Malaria Control project.

About K 1 million (US$ 328,000) would be spent on the project each year.

However, it is anticipated that research and work will continue after the three-year period.

The agreement enables collaborative research with the Tokyo Women’s Medical School into malaria genetics in PNG.

The research comes in three parts: the level of malaria in communities, population genetics, and the handling of anti-malarial drugs.

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